24+ Wonderful Things To Do In Philly This Week, June 12-18

LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, Juneteenth Festival, Old City Eats and more...

Ready for a fun week, Philly? The coming days welcome a ton of special events, huge festivals, free concerts and so much more.

Looking for a deal? On Thursday night, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll fills the West Philly thoroughfare with $1 deals from avenue restaurants — $1 ice cream from Little Baby’s, $1 beer from Dock Street, $1 fare from Dahlak Restaurant and more.

On Saturday, Germantown celebrates Juneteenth Day, which marks the anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment, with an all-ages festival featuring discussions, performances and more.

This Sunday, the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival returns to Center City with live performances, Pride celebrations and a finale festival at Penn’s Landing.

Check out our guide to this week in Philly.

The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

Independence Beer GardenPhoto by Neal Santos

Summertime is meant for visits to beer gardens! Luckily, Philadelphia is home to a slew of great beer gardens, including Independence Beer Garden (shown above), Spruce Street Harbor Park, Morgan's Pier, the PHS Pop-Up Gardens and more. Click here for a full guide to the top beer gardens in Philly.

The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

When:Throughout the summer
Where:Various locations including Independence Beer Garden, 100 S. Independence Mall W.
Cost:Pay as you go

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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Yoga At Race Street PierPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Bring your yoga mat down to the waterfront for free daily yoga classes (weather permitting) at Race Street Pier. Classes run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday (yes, there are two classes Monday through Thursday!) and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

When:June 12-18
Where:Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Final Week for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin SquarePhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

After an extension due to its popularity, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square ends its run this Sunday, June 18. Be sure to stop by this week to check out the nearly 30 imprssive handmade lanterns, the expansive dragon beer garden (with prime lantern peeping opportunities), fun performances and more.

Final Week for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

When:Through Sunday, June 18
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:$17, adults; $15, seniors and military personnel; $12, youth

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Art Museum Restaurant Week

SOUTHPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Philly's charming Fairmount neighborhood and the area surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art host a special restaurant week where diners can score seasonal prix-fixe menus, ranging from $15-$35, at participating eateries.

Art Museum Restaurant Week

When:June 11-16 & June 18-23
Where:Various locations including South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor, 600 N. Broad Street
Cost:$15-$35

www.artmuseumareaphl.com

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The popular warm-weather hot spot that is Spruce Street Harbor Park is now open for al fresco lounging along the Delaware River waterfront. Stop by one of the best urban beaches in America this week to enjoy an exclusive craft beer (made by favorite local brewery Yards Brewing Company!) and other drinks on a floating barge, relax in one of 50 colorful hammocks, take in a free concert on Thursday and shop from a pop-up market on both Saturday and Sunday.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Through October 1
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy DRWC

The Delaware River Waterfront transforms into a seasonal urban oasis at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Guests can play mini-golf and outdoor games, try their luck in the arcade, enjoy waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city’s only outdoor roller rink.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Through September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

DRWC Promenade at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto by Matt Stanley for DRWC

Every year, the Dealware River Waterfront hosts a fun-filled fundraiser party to help raise money for its programs — Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, free movie nights, concerts and more. The party returns this Tuesday night to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest with food, cocktails, music and a grand fireworks finale. Tickets are required for entry to the party (but you can spot the fireworks finale for free).

DRWC Promenade at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Tuesday, June 13, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$150

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Fun Home at the Forrest Theatre

This week, Broadway Philadelphia keeps musical fans satisfied by welcoming Fun Home to the Forrest Theatre stage. The show creates a live production based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir of the same name.

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Fun Home at the Forrest Theatre

When:June 13-18
Where:Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut Street
Cost:$67 and up

www.kimmelcenter.org

Flag Day Festivities in Philadelphia

betsy-ross-house-party-780uwPhoto courtesy the Betsy Ross House

Celebrate Flag Day where the American flag was first created! Check out a patriotic parade, flag-raising ceremonies and more at the Stripes and Stars Festival at the National Constitution Center (June 14), or commemorate Old Glory at her birthplace: The Betsy Ross House. Bonus: Guests of the Constitution Center receive $5 admission to the museum on June 14.

Flag Day Festivities in Philadelphia

When:June 11-17
Where:Various locations including the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost:Varies

www.historicphiladelphia.org

Parks On Tap at Columbus Square

Parks on TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

The summer’s popular roving beer garden makes its way to Columbus Square in South Philly for a five-day residency. Starting Wednesday and continuing through Sunday, stop by the park for mobile food and drinks (beer, wine and cocktails!) and a slew of games, too. Plus, visit the park for a fundraiser happy hour for the Friends of Columbus Square on Wednesday, June 14 and a yoga class on Thursday, June 15.

Parks On Tap at Columbus Square

When:June 14-18
Where:Columbus Square, 1200 Wharton Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Wall Ball

Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program presents its annual fundraiser — Wall Ball — this Wednesday evening. Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy snacks, drinks and a silent auction featuring art works curated by Conrad Benner of StreetsDept (who also curated Visit Philly's Revolutionary Art pop-up exhibit!). The annual party raises funds for mural upkeep and artist training. For those looking to join and support without spending a ton, opt for the Off the Wall Ball Afterparty, just a $25 ticket.

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Wall Ball

When:Wednesday, June 14, 6-10 p.m.
Where:The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$200 and up

www.muralarts.org

Free Admission to National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This Wednesday, browse the galleries of the National Museum of American Jewish History for free! The museum celebrates its 1917: How One Year Changed the World exhibition with select days of free admission throughout the summer, including this Wednesday. Check out the fascinating exhibition — and the museum's permanent collection — this week for no cost at all.

Free Admission to National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Wednesday, June 14
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.nmajh.org

Center City Sips

Bar BombonPhoto courtesy Bar Bombon

It's officially Center City Sips season! This Wednesday, visit spots like Bar Bombon, Independence Beer Garden, Vintage Wine Bar, Chops at the Comcast Center and more for deals on food and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m.

Center City Sips

When:Wednesday, June 14, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Various locations inlcuding Bar Bombon, 133 S. 18th Street
Cost:$5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

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Grand Opening of Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center

There’s a new happy hour spot in town and it offers prime views of City Hall. This Wednesday, the Kimmel Center’s Balcony Bar opens to the public with three nights of happy hour deals (Wednesday through Friday) through September 1. Guests can enjoy cocktails, beer and wine, and food specials (sliders, fried pierogies and more) from Garces. The bar is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, including during Center City District Sips!

Grand Opening of Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center

When:Wednesday, June 14, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.kimmelcenter.org

Grand Opening of the Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin InstitutePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This week, The Franklin Institute opens its Escape Rooms, a brand-new, immersive installation. Guests will be challenged to escape-the-room in 60-minutes or less using puzzles, codes, clues and more. Note that tickets to the Escape Rooms do not include access to the museum.

Grand Opening of the Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute

When:Wednesday, June 14
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$28 per person

www.fi.edu

Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks: Young Frankenstein

Schuylkill BanksPhoto courtesy Schuylkill Banks

Summer movie nights continue along the Schuylkill Banks this Thursday night as the Schuylkill River Development Corporation presents a free screening of Young Frankenstein. The flick starts at 8:30 p.m. along the riverfront, and guests are encouraged to pack picnics to enjoy during the show.

Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks: Young Frankenstein

When:Thursday, June 15, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Grand Opening of PhilAesthetic at the African American Museum

AfricanAmericaM-M-Kennedy-02-780uwPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This Thursday, the African American Museum opens its marquee summer exhibition, PhilAesthetic: The African American Museum in Philadelphia ​Celebrates the Black Arts Movement. The museum is teaming up with Philadanco, the Clef Club, and the New Freedom Theatre to showcase Philadelphia's black aesthetic and black art scene through a series of exhibitions and special pop ups. Inside of the museum, guests can explore a two-gallery exhibition that puts the spotlight on black arts in Philadelphia.

Grand Opening of PhilAesthetic at the African American Museum

When:Thursday, June 15
Where:The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Included in the price of admission

www.aampmuseum.org

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

Baltimore Avenue Dollar StrollPhoto by J. Fusco For Visit Philadelphia

University’s City fun biannual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll promises $1 specials from neighborhood businesses including restaurants, bars and retailers. Live music and fun for all ages accompany the edible bargains. Click here for the participants map.

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

When:Thursday, June 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:43rd to 52nd streets and Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.universitycity.org

Philadelphia Restaurant Festival

Last year's Philadelphia Restaurant Festival brought dozens of restaurants to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for a culinary paradise of eats paired with spirits of all sorts. This year, enjoy food and drinks from local businesses like City Tap House, Wish Bone, Smokin' Betty's, Couch Tomato Cafe, Conshohocken Brewing Company and more. General admission tickets are $50 per person.

Philadelphia Restaurant Festival

When:Thursday, June 15, 6-9 p.m.
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$50

www.restaurantfestival.com

Old City Eats Kickoff and Block Party

Old CityPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Old City Eats returns for another year of deals on food and drinks at more than 25 neighborhood restaurants. On Thursdays from June 15 through August 31, Old City dwellers can visit spots like High Street on Market, Khyber Pass Pub, Red Owl Tavern, National Mechanics and more for happy hour deals. The neighborhood-wide happy hour kicks off on June 15 with a free block party on 2nd and Market streets.

Old City Eats Kickoff and Block Party

When:Thursday, June 15, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Participating bars and restaurants; Block Party, 2nd and Market streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.oldcitydistrict.org

Bloomsday at the Rosenbach

Bloomsday-Delancey-780uwPhoto courtesy the Rosenbach Museum

On June 16, the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses, during a special celebration termed Bloomsday. In Philly, The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia invites the public to live readings and an afternoon of music, including singers from the Academy of Vocal Arts.

Bloomsday at the Rosenbach

When:Friday, June 16, noon-8 p.m.
Where:The Rosenbach, 2008 Delancey Place
Cost:Free

www.rosenbach.org

Art for the Cash Poor

Art for the Cash PoorPhoto courtesy Lynda César Photography

Expand your art collection without breaking the bank during InLiquid's annual Art for the Cash Poor. Held at the Crane Arts Building, the yearly party features food, music and 100-plus artists who will offer works in a variety of mediums at a cost of less than $199 – a score for your wall and your wallet.

Art for the Cash Poor

When:June 17-18
Where:1400 N. American Street
Cost:Free

www.inliquid.org

Historic Germantown's Juneteenth Festival

Johnson HousePhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Historic Germantown celebrates the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment — which ended slavery in America — with its annual Juneteenth Festival this week. The free fest fills the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue with special exhibits, performances, discussions and more.

Historic Germantown's Juneteenth Festival

When:Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where:6300 Block of Germantown Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go

www.freedomsbackyard.com

Free Father's Day Admission to the Academy of Natural Sciences

Academy of Natural SciencesPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrate Dad’s day with free admission to the Academy of Natural Sciences, a museum that showcases the beauty of natural history through interesting exhibitions and immersive displays. The museum offers free admission to all Dad’s (when they are paying for a child) on both Saturday and Sunday.

Free Father's Day Admission to the Academy of Natural Sciences

When:June 17-18
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.ansp.org

Beer Camp on Tour at Penn's Landing

Missing Philly Beer Week already? Well, Sierra Nevada Brewery recently joined forces with a dozen different brewers to create 12 collaboration beers. Now, it's teaming up with brewers all throughout the nation to create Beer Camp on Tour, and it's stopping in Philadelphia this month. Taking over Penn's Landing, the event brings together hundreds of craft beer options, many of the city’s top food trucks and live music for an al fresco Saturday afternoon.

Beer Camp on Tour at Penn's Landing

When:Saturday, June 17, 1-5 p.m.
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$40 and up

www.sierranevada.com

40th Street Summer Series: Brian Sanders' JUNK

40th_Street_Summer_Series_780uwPhoto courtesy University City District

University City District's free summer performance series returns for June this Saturday evening with a performance by Brian Sanders' JUNK, a modern dance troupe that is known for its impressive acts of physical theater. Before the show, guests can enjoy free samples of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Saxby's cold brew coffee and more.

40th Street Summer Series: Brian Sanders' JUNK

When:Saturday, June 17, 6 p.m.
Where:40th & Walnut streets
Cost:Free

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LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

Pride FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The 29th annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival begins with a colorful procession from the Gayborhood to Penn’s Landing, where a celebration ensues. Revelers can look forward to live music, DJs, food, drink and other ways to fete International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month along the Delaware River waterfront.

LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

When:11:30 a.m.; noon, festival gates open
Where:Parade starting point: 13th & Locust streets; festival: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillygaypride.org

Radio 104.5 Block Party at Festival Pier

Radio 104.5 kicks off its summer block parties this Sunday with a show featuring a number of talented alt-rock musicians. This weekend, the free (but ticketed) concert features performances by The Revivalists, Missio, July Talk, Irontom and more.

Radio 104.5 Block Party at Festival Pier

When:Sunday, June 18, 2 p.m.
Where:Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, 601 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free ticket required

www.radio1045.iheart.com

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